Legislation

NAWR tracks numerous bills across the states every year. On this page, we list those bills to which we are paying particularly close attention. Click on the title of the bill to go to the bill page.

 


H3891 — Massachusetts
Bill allowing wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers and allowing Massachusetts retailers to ship wine out-of-state.

Background: When passing wine shipping legislation in 2014, the legislature failed to allow the state’s consumers to receive shipments from out-of-state wine retailers, only out-of-state wineries. This bill would complete the necessary effort to open the total American wine market to MA consumers and provide them with access to thousands of wines not currently available in the state or via winery direct shipment, all while regulating retailer shipments in the same manner as winery shipments. Massachusetts is one of the only states that forbids its in-state retailers to ship wine out-of-state. This bill would remove that restriction.

Position: Support

Status: Scheduled for a September 12 hearing in the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

A5991 — NEW YORK
A bill allowing out-of-state wine retailers to ship to New York residents.

Background: Under A5991 wine retailers in states that allow New York wine retailers to ship to into the state would be authorized to ship wine to New York residents.

Position: Support

Status: Awaiting hearing date after January 1, 2018.